TCA Board Members

 

Patrick Bedford

Patrick Bedford - Chairperson (Emu Run Experience)

As the Managing Director of Emu Run Experience, a local tour operator, Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and experience working within the tourism industry in Central Australia. His passion for the region, along with his energy and enthusiasm, is what drives his commitment to the TCA Board. Patrick's unique skill set allows him to be an effective member of the board and work with stakeholders to enhance growth and success of the tourism industry in the region.

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Jodie Summers (Charles Darwin University)

Jodie is originally from North Queensland and is a descendant of the Mamu people. She has lived in Alice for 25 years and held several senior hospitality management positions. In 2005 Jodie moved into the not-for-profit sector at Desert Knowledge Australia, General Manager Corporate Services & Precinct. She then worked at Alice Springs Town Council and project managed the delivery of the successful myAlice voucher program. Now Regional Operations Manager for Charles Darwin University, Jodie hopes to establish a strong relationship with Tourism Central Australia and ensure CDU’s training and education delivery supports the region’s tourism industry.

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Andrea Lehman (Outback Ballooning)

Andrea has been involved in the tourism industry for over 35 years and in Alice Springs since 2000. Her roles have included product development for wholesalers here in Alice Springs, Melbourne, and in Tasmania. Andrea has worked in management positions in car rentals, communications, marketing manager at the Cultural Precinct and now running her own business as general manager for the last 8 years. She is a passionate advocate for Central Australia attending many trade shows throughout the year both in Australia and overseas, always flying the NT banner proudly.

Dale McIver

Dale McIver (TCA Life Member)

Dale McIver is a born and raised local of Alice Springs and a proud Life Member of Tourism Central Australia. She has extensive knowledge and passion for Central Australia with over 20 years’ experience in Tourism and business within Central Australia, she has a wealth of expertise and is well known and well respected among her peers. Dale has broad experience and knowledge in board governance, planning and providing strategic direction and a solid understanding of finance and risk management. This has been gained over several years of experience of sitting on a variety of Boards and Committees.

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David White (Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia)

David has over 35 years’ experience in Tourism, Hospitality and Resort Operations. The majority of the roles were at General Manager level and required oversight of all operations and full responsibility for financial performance, reporting, strategic planning, and implementation of key business initiatives. David has fulfilled these roles at the Ayers Rock Resort, Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sheraton Mirage Resort, Nifsan Developments and Master planned Community. He has been Chief Operating Officer at Ayers Rock Resort since 2018.

Bradley Kerkman

Bradley Kerkman (G'Day Group)

Bradley Kerkman is the Senior Regional Operations Manager with The G’Day Group, Australia’s largest regional accommodation provider. Bradley leads operations for half of the company’s national portfolio of properties (more than 30 properties), including the newly formed Hospitality Portfolio, highlighted by Kings Canyon & Glen Helen Resorts. Passionate and proud of Australian tourism, Bradley continues to professionally develop and is currently undertaking an MBA program through UNISA after completing a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in 2021. Bradley has a commercial head and a customer heart; as the portfolio and properties grow, they do so underpinned by strategic frameworks and process, to enable scalability, compliance, and high-quality guest experience.     

Craig Jervis

Craig Jervis (Iris Capital)

Craig Jervis is the Chief Operating Officer of Lasseters Hotel Casino and oversees the IRIS Capital portfolio of venues in Alices Springs which includes the Gapview Hotel, Todd Tavern, Diplomat Hotel, Stay at Alice Springs Hotel and the Mercure.  Craig oversees a portfolio with revenues of over $80M+ p.a, overseeing the strategic direction with ownership and facilitates the groups future plans for the Alice of more than $200M in capital works.  With more than 530 employees, IRIS Capital is the largest private employer in Alice Springs and contributes significantly to the local economy and boasts a room inventory of 564 rooms. Craig brings 25 years of hospitality experience and having resided in the Red Centre for 16 years, he holds B.A. in Hospitality & Tourism Management, Advance Diploma in Hotel Management and Diploma of Adult Tertiary Teaching. His community and professional involvement has included sitting on the Board of The Australian Hotel Associations (NT), and National TAA Board, Australian Tourism Export Council (NT) committee member, the Red Centre Economic Development committee, Alice Springs Major Business Group and Chair of the Central Australian Liquor Accord.

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Tony McFadzean (Erldunda Roadhouse and Kings Creek Station)

Tony joined Nullarbor Holdings after a long career with Woolworths, spanning over 35 years. After retiring from Woolworths, Tony commenced work as a consultant, and it was during this time he was offered the role as general manager of Nullarbor Holdings Pty Ltd. At that time the portfolio consisted of Erldunda and Nullarbor Roadhouses. Several years on, Tony transitioned from an employee of the company to co-owner, along the way overseeing the acquisition of Border Village Roadhouse, and most recently Kings Creek Station. Tony is a passionate retailer, who has become a strong advocate for tourism and hospitality within Central Australia

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Allan Woo (Airport Development Group - NT Airports)

After immigrating from Canada in 2008, Allan has been living and working in tourism regions of Tropical North Queensland and the Hunter Region before relocating to the Northern Territory 3 years ago.  He has taken every opportunity to explore and enjoy many of the travel experiences available in both Central Australia and the Top End, and is passionate about promoting the destination to friends, family, and broader network. With more than 20 years' experience in tourism and hospitality – including the positions of General Manager for a Cairns-based dive company, President of Dive Queensland, and currently Aviation Development Manager at Airport Development Group (who own and operate Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek airports, 2 hotels, various utilities and a diverse property portfolio) - Allan has broad experience and unique perspectives to offer.

Chris Hill

Chris Hill (Uluru Camel Tours)

Chris has been owner operator of Uluru Camel Tours since 2011. Chris first started in the Tourism Industry at the age of 14, running winery tours on Camel back in picturesque McLaren Vale. Chris has been owner operator of Uluru Camel Tours since 2011. Chris first started in the Tourism Industry at the age of 14, running winery tours on Camel back in picturesque McLaren Vale. Chris is a passionate Territorian and has a tenacity for tourism that doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone that meets him. His passion for Central Australian history and tourism fuels his drive to continually improve the business and the visitor experience to the NT. In 2013 Chris was awarded ‘Industry Achiever’ at the Tourism Central Australia Awards and in 2017 he was awarded the ‘George Dunne Award’ for outstanding contribution by an individual at the Northern Territory Brolga Awards. There is no hiding that he wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his business, community and the region. Chris is a steadfast ambassador of the Red Centre and the NT as a whole.

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Matt Paterson (Mayor Alice Springs Town Council)

Matt Paterson is a passionate sportsperson and local sporting leader, having represented the Northern Territory in the National Indigenous Cricket Carnival. Qualified as an electrician, Matt has an extensive history of working in various communities in Central Australia. This has given him an intimate knowledge of the community. Matt has served as a Cricket Australia Community Ambassador, committee member of the Alice Springs Turf Club and a long-time president of a local cricket club. Outside of sport, he is also heavily involved in many community events and will often be spotted speaking with members of the community. Matt is passionate about providing opportunities for the town’s young people to grow and prosper, as well as connecting meaningfully with the senior community of Alice Springs.

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Jeffrey McLaughlin (Mayor Barkly Regional Council)

Jeffrey McLaughlin is currently the Mayor for Barkly Regional Council, a position he was appointed to in September 2020 by a unanimous vote from the elected members of the Council. Before his position as Mayor, Jeffrey was a Patta Ward Councillor since August 2017. Jeffrey has been heavily involved with local artists, musicians and events in the Barkly for many years, and is passionate about introducing the tourism industry and people from all walks of life to the culture and creativity of the Barkly.

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Sally Egan (Parks and Wildlife NT)

Sally Egan is the Executive Director of the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Sally has worked in the areas of biodiversity conservation, wildlife and threatened species management, park operations and natural resource management for almost 30 years across Queensland and New South Wales. Immediately before coming to the Territory in 2019, Sally held an executive role with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. She has extensive experience in managing remote park operations, supporting Aboriginal joint management programs and facilitating the development of tourism and visitor experiences on national parks.

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Scott Lovett (Department of Industry Tourism and Trade)

Scott Lovett is Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. His areas of responsibility include Tourism NT, Licensing NT, and Screen Territory. Scott previously led a multi-disciplinary team for the department as General Manager Strategy and Policy, heading economic analysis, strategic infrastructure development, project development, regulatory reform, industry strategy and strategic engagement activities for the NT.  A passionate advocate for regional development, Scott has held senior roles within Tourism NT, the Department of the Chief Minister and former Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. Prior to joining the public sector Scott held senior roles in convention centres, stadia, event production houses and hotels across Australia.  He is Deputy Chair of the Australian Cruise Association and current board member of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the NT Major Events Company, the statutory company responsible for delivering some of the NT’s best known and loved events.  

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